Cobb Chair of Humanities

Cobb Chair of Humanities

Wofford College invites applications for the Cobb Chair of Humanities, an endowed position in the Department of English. Candidates will be established writers who have a background in creative writing, with an emphasis in fiction. Subfields may include, but are not limited to, the following studies: Latinx, Native American and Indigenous, African American, Asian American, world literature, LGBTQ+, disability theory and creative nonfiction. We are particularly interested in applicants whose pedagogy and scholarship show a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Applicants may have a Ph.D. with an emphasis in creative writing-fiction; an MFA with a focus in fiction; or demonstrate commensurate levels of professional experience through significant publications, for example, stories in peer-edited literary journals, novels and story collections. Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in teaching. The incoming faculty member will design their own courses, such as a first-year seminar, as well as introductory and advanced creative writing courses. The teaching load is 2-0-2, and the successful candidate will be expected to advise undergraduate students. The Department of Creative Writing also hosts a writer’s series, which the successful applicant may curate and develop. Wofford faculty are teacher-scholars with a focus on undergraduate teaching and advising, and a commitment to the principles of a liberal arts education. We welcome applicants who participate in relative field work, activism and equity projects, collaborate with colleagues across disciplines, and strengthen campus and community ties through community-based learning.

We ask applicants to provide a cover letter, cv, graduate transcript, if applicable, and statement of demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Application materials should be sent to

Applications received by March 12, 2022, will receive full consideration. Recommendation letters, a writing sample and other materials may be requested later in the application process.


Wofford College, established in 1854, is a four-year, residential liberal arts college located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It offers 27 major fields of study to a student body of 1,775 undergraduates. Nationally known for the strength of its academic program, outstanding faculty, experiential learning opportunities and successful graduates, Wofford is recognized consistently as a “best value” and for its commitment to student success and accessibility for low- and middle-income students. The college community has 12 sororities and fraternities as well as 19 NCAA Division I athletics teams.


Spartanburg County, the 5th-largest county in South Carolina, is home to nearly 328,000 people and 13 municipalities. The county is unmatched statewide in economic development for new investment and job creation. There are seven colleges or universities in Spartanburg as well as a comprehensive research and teaching hospital. The growing Spartanburg downtown area — with new shops and restaurants, public art and miles of walking and biking trails — is located a few blocks south of Wofford’s campus. To learn more about Spartanburg, visit


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